Southwestern College Programs Recognized for Serving Nursing Students and Hispanics

Nursing students discussing patient diagnosis
Five Southwestern College nursing students discuss the process for reviewing patient diagnosis.

Southwestern College’s nursing program has ranked in the top 10 of nursing programs in San Diego County, and the college recently ranked within the top 100 schools nationally for the number of Hispanic/Latinx earning two-year degrees.

Ranked number 10 in the county by, Southwestern College’s program was recognized for its affordability, reputation and student success using data from The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the U.S. Department of Education.

Southwestern offers a variety of nursing programs, including an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), a bridge program for Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN) to ADNs, plus nursing specialty programs for operating rooms and surgical technology. Program graduates can also earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree without ever leaving the Southwestern campus because of a partnership with Point Loma Nazarene University.

“Southwestern College prides itself on serving a diverse community of students,” said Superintendent/President Dr. Kindred Murillo. “Our programs are designed to help students succeed in any educational goal they choose.”

Southwestern College—an Hispanic Serving Institution—was also recognized last month in Hispanic Outlook magazine for the number of Hispanic/Latinx students it serves and who succeed.

Also using IPEDS data, the magazine ranked Southwestern College number 27 in the nation in the number of Hispanic/Latinx students enrolled. The community college ranked 32nd in the nation for the number of Hispanic/Latinx students earning two-year degrees, with 1,854 Hispanic/Latinx students earning associate degrees in 2019.